System (AFCS) works to stabilize
the Mamba 10 and provide a level of
precision uncommon in an airplane of
this size and weight.
The Mamba 10 arrived tightly and
protectively packed with each part
separated and supported. The Mamba
10 is sold only in a Plug-N-Play (PNP)
configuration, so the parts bag is small
and the build steps are few.
The manual suggests a 1-hour build
time, and this was my experience. The
wire landing gear pops into its receiving
slot in the bottom of the fuselage and
is secured by screwing in a rectangular
plastic support. With the landing gear in
place, I installed the tail wheel and the
After sliding the stabilizer tube
through the fuselage, I slid both
tabilizer/elevator halves over the tube
nd into their corresponding plastic
eceivers. It might be helpful to slightly
ompress the edges of the foam on the
tabilizer halves before trying to fully
eat them. After doing so, and adding a
mall amount of silicone lubricant to the
oam and the elevator joiners, I was able
o slide both stabilizer/elevator halves
ogether for a tight and secure fit.
Because rigidity is a plus on an
erobatic model, I appreciate an
irframe that takes some elbow grease
o assemble. It’s important not to force
hese installation steps, however, because
’s easy to bend or break the foam. A
ttle lubricant or creative compressing of
dges will work wonders.
Instead of proceeding to the wing
ttachment, the manual diverts your
ttention to the Aura 8 AFCS setup. This
s important because if you want to take
dvantage of the stabilization system’s
Crow speed-brake function, you’ll need
o add servo extensions.
Access to the airplane’s fuselage
s enhanced if the lower wing isn’t
ttached. This is also a good time to
ecide which receiver configuration to
se. Although the Mamba 10 can be
own with a wide range of receivers, I
pted to utilize a simple satellite receiver.
With eight channel ports (and advanced
rogramming and mixing capabilities),
the Aura 8 can manage all of your servo
connections, allowing a satellite receiver’s
connector (a small white plug with three
wires) and a six-channel radio to control
features including Crow that otherwise
would require advanced programming
with an eight-channel radio system.
After you’ve installed your chosen
receiver, you’re left with an important
setup decision: Use the stock stabilization
settings or dive into the advanced
features of the Aura 8? With a computer
and the supplied USB cable, the Aura
8 allows users to customize a range of
parameters. Practically speaking, there
are two upgrades from which pilots
can choose. First is the flight mode
setup, which determines which rates,
exponential, and stabilization gain
settings are used.
Users can choose the Stock setup,
which has three flight mode settings:
• Flight Mode 1: Gyro off—sport/
precision rates, low exponential.
• Flight Mode 2: Sport mode—sport/
precision rates, low exponential, low
Model type: Electric 3-D/aerobatic
Skill level: Intermediate to advanced
Wingspan: 40. 7 inches
Wing area: 691.3 square inches
Length: 43. 4 inches
Wing loading: 11. 2 ounces per square foot
Cube loading: 5. 1
Weight: 54 ounces
Power system: Brushless electric outrunner
Radio: Six-channel computer radio
Construction: EPO foam with plywood
Street price: $309.99
Motor used: Potenza 10 1,400 Kv brushless
Speed Hobbywing Skywalker 50-
controller: amp ESC w/SBEC (included)
Battery: Turnigy 2,200 mAh 3S 40C
LiPo; Zippy Compact 2,700
mAh 3S 35C
Propeller: 11. 5 x 4. 5 custom-tooled SR
Receiver: Spektrum DSMX Satellite
Servos: Six Potenza DS15 15-gram
digital metal-gear submicro
weight: 54 ounces
Flight duration: 4 to 5 minutes
• Lightweight, rigid, and durable EPO foam w/
internal plywood structure.
• Wide flight envelope includes sport,
precision, and 3-D.
• Aura 8 Advanced Flight Control System
provides large-scale stability.
• Configurable for the famous Quique biplane
• Short flight times with recommended 2,200
mAh 3S battery pack.
AT A GLANCE ...
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